University of Kansas

Kansas-Iowa State football preview

Updated: 2013-11-22T02:57:01Z

When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: Kansas leads 49-37-6

The line: Iowa State by 6

What’s at stake

One streak is over: The Jayhawks snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak last week in a 31-19 victory against West Virginia. One streak remains: Kansas has lost 23 straight games on the road. The Jayhawks should have a decent chance of burying another skid, while Iowa State is trying to end a seven-game losing streak and escape the Big 12 cellar.

Cheers if …

The offensive surge continues. Against West Virginia last week, Charlie Weis spread his receivers sideline to sideline and used the extra space to punish the Mountaineers on the ground. Perhaps the Jayhawks have found an answer on offense.

Jeers if …

Kansas gets burned by Iowa State quarterback Grant Rohach. Last year, Cyclones quarterback Sam Richardson came out of nowhere and torched KU in Lawrence. This year, the Jayhawks will face Rohach, who has thrown for 577 yards and completed just 53 percent of his passes since replacing Richardson in the starting lineup.

Three things about Iowa State

1 Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has already clinched his worst campaign at Iowa State. In his fifth season in Ames, Rhoads has qualified Iowa State for three bowl games and never lost more than seven — until this year.

2 Iowa State linebacker Luke Knott, a graduate of Lee’s Summit West, is out for the season after suffering a hip injury earlier this year. Knott, a quarterback in high school, is the younger brother of Jake Knott, a former Cyclones standout now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

3 The Cyclones rank 90th in the country in passing yards (199.9) and 99th in rushing yards (128.0).

Key matchup

Kansas running back James Sims vs. Iowa State’s defense: Sims is coming off a career day against West Virginia, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Sims has quietly become the third-most prolific rusher in school history. He has two more games to add to his 3,396 career rushing yards.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Kansas 24-17

The Jayhawks should take some momentum in Ames. And for the first time in what feels like years, Kansas could have a more talented roster than an opponent. If they can handle the cold, KU might just pick up its first road victory since 2009.

KANSAS (3-7, 1-6 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
Oct. 19OklahomaL, 34-19
Oct. 26BaylorL, 59-14
Nov. 2at TexasL, 35-13
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateL, 42-6
Nov. 16West VirginiaW, 31-19
Saturdayat Iowa State7 p.m.
Nov. 30Kansas State11 a.m.

IOWA STATE (1-9, 0-7 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Northern IowaL, 28-20
Sept. 14IowaL, 27-21
Sept. 26at TulsaW, 38-21
Oct. 3TexasL, 31-30
Oct. 12at Texas TechL, 42-35
Oct. 19at BaylorL, 71-7
Oct. 26Oklahoma StateL, 58-27
Nov. 2at Kansas StateL, 41-7
Nov. 9TCUL, 21-17
Nov. 16at OklahomaL, 48-10
SaturdayKansas7 p.m.
Nov. 30at West Virginia3 p.m.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR19Justin McCay6-2210Jr.
LT79Riley Spencer6-6305Sr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr.
RG73Damon Martin6-3300So.
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr.
WR45Nick Sizemore6-0245Sr.
WR82Andrew Turzilli6-3195Jr.
QB2Montell Cozart6-2189Fr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K13Ron Doherty5-11205Sr.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-0245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-2230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB58Courtney Arnick6-2205Fr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

IOWA STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR13Dondre Daley6-1191Fr.
WR80Justin Coleman5-11188Sr.
LT65Jacob Gannon6-7300Jr.
LG70Daniel Burton6-5302Fr.
C74Tom Farniok6-4295Jr.
RG77Oni Omoile6-3282So.
RT72Brock Dagel6-8297So.
TE11E.J. Bibbs6-3250Jr.
WR9Quenton Bundrage6-2189So.
QB3Grant Rohach6-1210Fr.
RB21Shontrelle Johnson5-9186Sr.
K1Cole Netten6-1205Fr.

IOWA STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE50Willie Scott6-2224Sr.
DT9Rodney Coe6-3306Jr.
DT93Brandon Jensen6-5301Jr.
DE48Cory Morrissey6-4249Jr.
LB14Jared Brackens6-1210Jr.
LB52Jeremiah George5-11219Sr.
LB55Jevohn Miller6-1240Jr.
CB34Nigel Tribune5-10179Fr.
FS5Jacques Washington6-1220Sr.
SS26Deon Broomfield6-0206Sr.
CB2Jansen Watson5-9174Sr.
P13Kirby Van Der Kamp6-4211Sr.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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